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William A. Munoz

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorney in Sacramento, CA

Munoz Dispute Resolution, Inc.
555 University Ave, Suite 294
Sacramento, CA 95825
Phone: 916-467-4515
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 1997
Practice Areas: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Professional Liability: Defense, Employment Litigation: Defense, Personal Injury - General: Defense, Real Estate: Business
Attorney Profile

Founder of Muñoz Dispute Resolution, William A. Munoz also has two decades of experience as a Sacramento litigator. Serving all of northern California, he provides civil case mediation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. With an understanding that closure provides satisfaction to clients, he provides an engaged, compassionate and personal touch during the process of litigation, which is often emotionally charged and lengthy.

At the University of California, Davis, Mr. Munoz graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry before moving on to law school. In 1997, he graduated cum laude with his Juris Doctor from Mitchell Hamline School of Law and in 2011, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization named him a certified specialist in legal malpractice law. He is also on the Professional Liability Committee of the Defense Research Institute.

Admitted to practice in both Nevada and California, his practice extends to matters of personal injury and employment, including the following: discrimination, harassment, wage and hour claims and retaliation. Mr. Munoz is on the Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct within The State Bar of California and a Dispute Resolution Conference Judge in the El Dorado County Superior Court.

In 2001, Mr. Munoz became a mediator for the California 3rd District Court of Appeals. In 2019, he was named to the Sacramento County Superior Court as a pro tem Settlement Conference Judge.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 20%Professional Liability: Defense
  • 10%Employment Litigation: Defense
  • 10%Personal Injury - General: Defense
  • 10%Real Estate: Business
Focus Areas

Arbitration, Mediation, Legal Malpractice, Professional Malpractice - Other, Ethics & Professional Responsibility, Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Toxic Mold, Trucking Accidents

Selections

11 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2022

Certificates and Credentials

About William A. Munoz

First Admitted: 1997, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.linkedin.com/in/william-munoz-004a48a/

Honors/Awards

  • , Listed as a Northern California Super Lawyer every year from 2012 through 2022
  • Recognized in Sacramento Magazine’s Top Lawyer List in 2016 and 2019 as the sole attorney under Professional Malpractice and one of six attorneys recognized under Legal Malpractice
  • Recognized in Sacramento Magazine’s Top Lawyer List in 2017 under Insurance

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Williams v. Sacramento River City Baseball Club, LLC (2019) 40 Cal.App.5th 280 – holding that there is no Tameny wrongful refusal to hire claim based upon race
  • Riley v. Giguiere, et al., 631 F.Supp.2d 1295, United States District Court, E.D. California, June 19, 2009 — Partial summary judgment granted on claims against attorney for alleged violations of Fair Debt Collections Practices Act Compassion for the Parties. Dedication to the Process. Investment in the Outcome. Academic Distinctions
  • Seabright Insurance Company v. US Airways, Inc., 52 Cal.4th 590, 129 Cal.Rptr.3d 601, Supreme Court of California, August 22, 2011 — amicus curiae Air Transport Association, Inc. on behalf of Respondent U.S. Airways
  • Brazill v. California North state College of Pharmacy, LLC, 949 F.Supp.2d 1011, United States District Court, E.D. California, June 5, 2013 — Motion to dismiss pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P 12(b)(6) granted on Plaintiff’s False Claims Act
  • Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians v. Crosby, et al. 2016 WL 6094468 (E.D.Cal. Oct. 19, 2016) – Motion to dismiss complaint pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 12(b)(6) granted with prejudice for clients

Bar/Professional Activity

  • State of California
  • Chair for the Legal Malpractice Law Advisory Commission for the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization 
  • Member of the California State Bar Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct (“COPRAC”)
  • California Third District Court of Appeal Mediator
  • Judge Pro Tem Sacramento County Superior Court 
  • Dispute Resolution Conference Judge for El Dorado County Superior Court 
  • The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals  
  •  State of Nevada 

Educational Background

  • B.S. Chemistry, University of California, Davis - 1991 J.D., cum laude, Hamline University School of Law -1997
  • National Conflict Resolution Center – 40 hours mediation training
  • Pepperdine School of Law – Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution - 40 Hours mediation training

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified Specialist in Legal Malpractice Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, 2011

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Pro Temp Settlement Conference Judge Sacramento County Superior Court, 2019
  • California Third District Court of Appeal Mediator, 2021

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • The article discusses the importance of communicating with the client about significant developments and documenting the same., Author, Getting Back to the Basics, Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada’s Defense Comment, Vol. 35, No. 1, Spring 2020, Association Of Defense Counsel For Northern California And Nevada, 2020
  • This seminar discusses successive and concurrent representation and what lawyers must do in order to comply with the Rules of Professional Conduct, Speaker, Ethical Traps for the Unwary Practitioner: Successive and Concurrent Representation, Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada Annual Meeting December 10, 2021, Association Of Defense Counsel For Northern California And Nevada, 2021
  • This seminar discusses how attorneys uphold their ethical obligations under the California Rules of Professional Conduct when dealing with difficult or deceptive clients through the use of hypothetical and real life examples., Speaker, Encountering Difficult or Deceptive Clients: What are My Options?, Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, California Lawyers, 2022
  • Managing editor of the Hamline Law Review at Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, MN
  • Continuing Education of the Bar Committee, in presentations such as Discovery: Planning, Strategy & Dealing with Abusive Discovery Tactics, July 2008, and Getting the Most out of Discovery, July 2009
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Reductions in Force, co-presented for the CalSAE addressing best practices with reductions in force in the workplace, 2011
  • Legal Issues with Background Screening, webinar presented by Strafford Publishing's Security Teleconference addressing the implications of the Fair Credit Reporting Act in pre-employment screening and background checks, 2011
  • Understanding Cyber Risk and Your LMIC Policy, Co-presented with Simone McCormick, sponsored by Lawyers’ Mutual Insurance Company, Burbank, CA, July 2015
  • Preserving the Intrafirm Privilege in a Subsequent Legal Malpractice Action, presented to the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys annual conference, San Francisco, CA, 2015
  • Trying a Case and Strategies for Handling Legal Malpractice Cases: Emerging Trial Issues, New Defenses and Novel Ideas, and a Brief Examination of Circumstances under which It Can Be Appropriate to Admit Negligence? Presented at American Conference Institute’s Advanced Forum on LPL/Legal Malpractice, New York, NY, October 24-25, 2016
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: 2016 Professional Liability in Review, Presented at Defense Research institute Professional Liability Conference, New York, NY, December 8-9, 2016
  • Presented seminars for the Sacramento County Law Library and the San Joaquin County Bar Association Family Law Committee on practical ways to avoid malpractice claims and other ethical issues
  • Enforceability of Advance Conflict Waivers, Presented at Argo Pro Lawyers’ Professional Liability Conference, Las Vegas, NV, June 28 – 29, 2017
  • Conflicts of Interest: Navigating the Perils of Joint Representation, copresented with Alison Buchanan, sponsored by Lawyers’ Mutual Insurance Company, October 2017 Compassion for the Parties. Dedication to the Process. Investment in the Outcome
  • Understanding Human Resources Role in a Lawsuit, Co-Presented with Nathan T. Jackson, Webinar for Sacramento Area Human Resources Association (SAHRA), August 29, 2018
  • Is this a Conflict? Ethical Traps That Could Surprise You, webcast presented with Alison Buchanan, sponsored by ALI CLE, January 10, 2019
  • How Far May a State Labor Law Reach?, In-House Defense Quarterly for the Defense Research Institute, Winter 2012. Selected Presentations
  • California’s Rules of Professional Conduct Makeover, published in The Lawyer’s Lawyer section of the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada’s Defense Comment, Vol. 33, No. 3, Fall 2018
  • The article compares California and Nevada legal malpractice law, Author, "Defending Legal Malpractice Claims in California and Nevada - A Day at the Beach or Stranded in the Desert?", Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada’s Defense Comment, Vol. 30, No. 1, Spring 2015, Association Of Defense Counsel For Northern California And Nevada, 2015
  • The article addresses issues confronting attorneys in determining whether to take on a client., Author, "To Accept or Not to Accept a New Client", Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada’s Defense Comment, Vol. 32, No. 2, Spring 2017, Association Of Defense Counsel For Northern California And Nevada, 2017
  • The article discusses client intake issues and formalizing the attorney-client relationship, Author, "You Have Landed the Client, Now What? Formulating the Attorney-Client Relationship", Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada’s Defense Comment, Vol. 32, No. 2, Summer 2017, Association Of Defense Counsel For Northern California And Nevada, 2017
  • The article discusses when conflict waivers are needed and what the lawyer must do to comply with the Rules of Professional Conduct in drafting a conflict waiver, Author, "Conflict Waivers – Why Do We Need Them?", Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada’s Defense Comment, Vol. 33, No. 1, Spring 2018, Association Of Defense Counsel For Northern California And Nevada, 2018
  • The article focuses on steps lawyers must take to effectively terminate the attorney-client relationship to comport with the Rules of Professional Conduct, Author, "Disengagement Letters – Ending the Relationship", Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada’s Defense Comment, Vol. 33, No. 2, Summer 2018, Association Of Defense Counsel For Northern California And Nevada, 2018
  • The article discusses the revisions to California Rules of Professional Conduct in 2018, Author, "California’s Rules of Professional Conduct Makeover", Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada’s Defense Comment, Vol. 33, No. 3, Fall 2018, Association Of Defense Counsel For Northern California And Nevada, 2018
  • The article discusses implications of California Rules of Professional Conduct, rule 1.7, and what the lawyer must do to comply with this rule in representing multiple defendants, Author, Getting Back to the Basics –"Ethical Implications of Representing Multiple Defendants", Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada’s Defense Comment, Vol. 34, No. 2, Summer 2019, Association Of Defense Counsel For Northern California And Nevada, 2019
  • Business transactions with clients and the steps needed for the lawyer to comply with the Rules of Professional Conduct, Author, "Business Transactions with Clients – A Trap for the Unwary Practitioner" , Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada’s Defense Comment, Vol. 34, No. 3, Fall 2019, Association Of Defense Counsel For Northern California And Nevada, 2019
  • Author, "Cassel v. Superior Court - The California Supreme Court Rejects Attorney Malpractice Exception to Mediation Confidentiality", September 2011 Volume of Westlaw Journal Professional Liability and Defense Research Institute Professional Liability Committee Riding the E&O Line, 2011
  • Author, "A Golden Opportunity to Further Limit Employer Liability in Injury Cases", Risk & Insurance Online, 2011

Industry Groups

  • American Bar Association
  • California Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute Professional Liability Committee
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Office Location for William A. Munoz

555 University Ave
Suite 294
Sacramento, CA 95825

Phone: 916-467-4515

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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